MedStar Hosting Blood Drive to Celebrate "National EMS Week"

Alan Scaia
May 22, 2019 - 9:55 am
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FORT WORTH (KRLD) - The ambulance provider in Fort Worth is hosting a blood drive Friday as part of a celebration of National EMS Week. MedStar says donations often drop off in the summer.

"It's not unusual, especially at the start of summer right after school is out, that people will go on vacation, and those regular donors will not be able to do their donation," says MedStar's Matt Zavadsky.

Zavadsky says donations drop as trauma calls increase during the summer.

"Our folks know that going into the busy summer season, we have a lot of trauma calls," he says. "Car crashes, motocycle crashes, all sorts of things happen. We want to be part of helping the community treat those victims of trauma."

MedStar is working with Carter BloodCare on the drive which runs from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday. People have been urged to book an appointment ahead of time.

"When we did a similar blood drive about six months ago, we turned away people," Zavadsky says. "There were so many people who wanted to give blood, there weren't many walk-ins available. I was scheduled to donate, and I gave up my spot because there were so many people who showed up. It is a good problem to have."

People who donate will receive a t-shirt and coupon for Chick-fil-A.

The blood drive is part of National EMS Week. MedStar says its ambulances traveled 2,913,867 last year and used more than 400,000 gallons of fuel.

MedStar says it positions ambulances strategically, often waiting at gas stations, so paramedics are spread across its service territory and can respond to calls quickly.​